Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think

Paperback | December 15, 2012

byElaine Howard Ecklund

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That the longstanding antagonism between science and religion is irreconcilable has been taken for granted. And in the wake of recent controversies over teaching intelligent design and the ethics of stem-cell research, the divide seems as unbridgeable as ever.In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption in the first systematic study of what scientists actually think and feel about religion. In the course of her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She finds that most ofwhat we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. Nearly 50 percent of them are religious. Many others are what she calls "spiritual entrepreneurs," seeking creative ways to work with the tensions between science and faith outside the constraints of traditional religion. The book centers around vivid portraits of 10 representative men and women working in the natural and social sciences at top American research universities. Ecklund's respondents run the gamut from Margaret, a chemist who teaches a Sunday-school class, to Arik, a physicist who chose not to believein God well before he decided to become a scientist. Only a small minority are actively hostile to religion. Ecklund reveals how scientists - believers and skeptics alike - are struggling to engage the increasing number of religious students in their classrooms and argues that many scientists aresearching for "boundary pioneers" to cross the picket lines separating science and religion.With broad implications for education, science funding, and the thorny ethical questions surrounding stem-cell research, cloning, and other cutting-edge scientific endeavors, Science vs. Religion brings a welcome dose of reality to the science and religion debates.

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That the longstanding antagonism between science and religion is irreconcilable has been taken for granted. And in the wake of recent controversies over teaching intelligent design and the ethics of stem-cell research, the divide seems as unbridgeable as ever.In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined a...

Elaine Howard Ecklund is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, and Rice Scholar at the Bake Institute for Public Policy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Real Religious Lives of Scientists2. The Voice of Science3. The Voice of Faith4. Spiritual Entrepreneurs5. Suppression or Engagement: How Scientists Handle Religion in the Classroom6. No God on the Quad: Efforts Toward A Purely Secular University7. Is God on the Quad?: Making Room for Faith on Campus8. What Scientists are Doing Wrong That They Could be Doing Right9. Shattering Myths, Toward Dialogue